First published in English in 1968, this book provides a critical guide to the wide field of the Middle english Romances and gives a helpful survey of the contemporary state of scholarship. Dr Mehl traces the development of Middle English Romances from thee thirteenth to the end of the fourteenth century, and interprets a number of these romances. The emphasis is literary, on their form and dominant themes rather than source-material or language.
1. Introduction: The Middle English Romances 2. The Problem of Classification 3. The Shorter Romances (I) 4. The Shorter Romances (II) 5. Homiletic Romances 6. The Longer Romances 7. Novels in Verse